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WVU inviting reporters, editors to Academic Media Day

From: John Bolt, Senior Executive Director of Communications, West Virginia University.

As I hope you have heard by now, West Virginia University this year was designated an R1 research university – highest research activity – by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, one of only 115 such institutions in the country.

But you may wonder just what kind of research is going on, and what kind of stories can I tell about that research.

In order to help answer that question, we are holding what we plan to be at least an annual event: WVU Academic Media Day.

We will gather together researchers in five of our top programs Tuesday, Oct. 11, and invite you to come hear about their research, and why it matters to everyday life.

We’ll cover everything from social media and elections, to the latest on the Volkswagen emissions scandal, to what we have learned about the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water and more.

I guarantee you’ll come away with solid stories, ideas and contacts for the future. It will be time well spent.

We’ll begin the day with lunch and a keynote address from WVU President Gordon Gee. I’ve attached a specific agenda. Note we have set aside time on the agenda for one-on-one interviews with the researchers.

There is no charge, but we do ask you to RSVP at this website — — so we can plan accordingly.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope to see you next month.



John A. Bolt
Senior Executive Director
University Relations/Communications
West Virginia University
[email protected] / 304.293.5520

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